A police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Elwood, Indiana, on Sunday.
Officer Noah Shahnavaz, 24, was conducting a traffic stop in Madison County around 2 a.m. when a suspect got out of his car and began shooting, Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV reported.
“For some unknown reason, the suspect got out of the Buick and fired multiple bullets, striking the officer at least once. Before other officers arrived, the suspect fled the scene,” police said. of Indiana State in a press release, according to WRTV.
Shahnavaz was taken to a local hospital and then to another in Indianapolis, where he died of his injuries. He was a five-year Army veteran and had been with the police for 11 months, Elwood police said, WRTV reported.
The suspect was later taken into custody after again fleeing from police. He was identified as Carl Roy Webb Boards II, 42.
Madison County Chief Assistant District Attorney Andrew Hanna said his office intends to press charges, including for murder, on Monday.
“Finding the right words to say has been a challenge,” Mayor Todd Jones said in a statement posted to the city’s Facebook page. “How do you put into words the feelings and emotions we have all been through since hearing the tragic news of the death of one of our own, Officer Noah Shahnavaz.”
“A senseless act of violence robbed this young man of the life and career he had ahead of him. As a father, I simply cannot imagine what Noah’s parents must be going through right now,” he continued. “Noah was not just part of the Elwood Police Department, he was part of our town’s family and we mourn this tremendous loss, and we know we are not alone.”
Elwood is about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis.